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Northbound I-275 Exit Ramp Widening at Fowler Avenue (completed September 2012)
Financial Project Number: 427173
Project Limits: south of Fowler Avenue to Fowler Avenue
Project Length: Less than one mile
Estimated Construction Cost: $1.9 million
Contractor: Pepper Contracting Services
Start Date: November 13, 2011
Completion Date: September 11, 2012
About this Project
The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) contractor widened the northbound I-275 exit ramp to Fowler Avenue.
The final traffic pattern looks like this: On northbound I-275 approaching Fowler Avenue, there are now four lanes. The two left lanes are through-lanes. The next lane is a through/exit lane and the right lane is an exit-only lane. At the gore (the striped area between the ramp and the mainline lanes), I-275 remains as before construction, with three through-lanes. The ramp now has two lanes, an increase from the previous one lane.
Further down the ramp, there are now four lanes: the inside lane is a left turn only, the next a left/right, and the two outside lanes are right-only. All turn movements are controlled by traffic signals.
The construction phasing was designed so that all existing lanes of traffic and interchange ramps remained open during peak traffic hours.
In order to maintain the construction schedule, and to minimize the impact to the traveling public, lane closures and some construction work were done during nighttime hours.
Lane Closure Hours
Mainline I-275: 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Exit ramp: 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m.
Night lane closures on southbound I-75 near SR 56 and I-275
Night lane closures on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
State Road 56 entrance to southbound I-75 may be closed two nights